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Everyone knows that cars need to be taken care of and maintained regularly. But, not everyone does it the right way. You may think that you know everything about the basic maintenance stuff, such as oil changes, changing tires, checking coolant levels, and so on, but a lot of people make mistakes even with these simple tasks.
This is because there are countless myths about car maintenance that make people do certain repairs when they are not supposed to be done and replace certain parts when they are not supposed to be replaced. That’s why car owners have to know which car-maintenance tips their mechanics or their friends give them are not true and should be ignored.
You Should Change Your Engine Oil Every 3,000 Miles
This myth has existed since the 1970s, and a lot of people still believe they should change their oil every 3,000 miles, despite the fact that this recommendation is very old and cars and engines have changed a lot in the past couple of decades. It’s a huge misconception that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles, since engine technology now is much more advanced and sophisticated. Plus, there are better, more efficient oils now, that last longer and that have to be changed after 10,000 – 15,000 miles. The sooner you realize that this rule doesn’t apply any more, the sooner you may start saving money, since oil can be quite expensive these days.
Premium Fuel is Better Than Regular
It’s a common misconception that premium gas helps the car perform better and be more powerful. People believe this because premium gas has higher octane rating, which they think translates into more power and higher quality. If your car’s manufacturer recommends that you use regular gas for your car, there is no need to put premium. It may prevent engine knocking and pinging, but it won’t improve your car’s performances. You should only use premium if you have some sort of sports car, because they do require gas with high octane ratings.
You Have To Warm Up Your Engine Before You Start Driving
This used to be true 20-30 years ago, but definitely not any more. Back then, cars needed a couple of minutes of idling so that various parts can start working properly. But now that there are engines with direct fuel injection, there is no need to do that. Even though some engine parts still need some time to warm up, the best way to do that is to start moving, instead of just starting your engine and staying put at the parking lot or in your garage. Also, some parts get warmed up faster when the car is moving, and on top of that, before you start driving, and your car idles, it produces much more emissions, so it’s pretty harmful to the environment, as well.
To sum up, car owners nowadays have to do some research and get updated information regarding car maintenance, and forget about these myths that can do more harm than good.
About the Author:
Jordan Perch is an active promoter of the new developments in the automotive industry. He is an author of many how-to articles related to safe driving, green cars, buying/selling vehicles, auto insurance etc., and he’s currently writing for DMV.com